I'd feel like a bad environmental sciences major if we didn't do something to celebrate Earth Day. The majority of our story time appropriate books on Earth Day were already checked out, and I worked mainly from home on Wednesday, so this turned into one of those theme days that has very little to do with the actual theme. Or maybe, everything we did was Earth Day related since everything was about something on our big, beautiful world.
I was in such dire straights looking for Earth Day books, that I considered using Ashley Bryan's absolutely gorgeous All Things Bright and Beautiful, and changing "the Lord God made them all" to "Mother Earth made/has them all." But I figured that might be a touch too close to plagiarism and kept scrounging around until I found the books we ended up using.
Song: Good Morning Dear Earth
Flannel: Little Mouse
Poem: I Had a Little Turtle
Flannel: Alphabet Soup- EARTH
Book: The Whole Green World by Tony Johnston
Flannel: Blue is the Lake
Song: Shake Your Sillies
Song: Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes
Rhyme: Big, Big, Big
Song: Open, Shut Them
Book: Green By Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Flannel: Chomp Like a Shark
Song: Turn Around from Getting to know Myself
Make and Take Craft: E is for Earth Collages
-E is for Earth templates (prepared beforehand)
-land shapes (prepared beforehand)
Process: After introducing the craft before the Turn Around song, I laid out crayons, land shapes and glue sticks out on the table and gave each child a E is for Earth pre-prepared paper. Caregivers helped the kids glue green land shapes to the blue circle for the world and use crayons around the rest of the page. A lot took the opportunity to spell E-A-R-T-H with crayons or the child's name, asking what each letter was after it had been printed.